August 16th, 2010
09:39 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Same-Sex Marriage Blocked Again

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Same-sex marriages are on hold again in California. A federal appeals court has blocked such marriages in the state until a three-judge panel hears broader questions over the constitutionality of the unions.

Tonight on 360°, we'll take an up close look at the decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals with CNN's Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin. Will the U.S. Supreme Court intervene? We'll ask Toobin what the next step could be in this case that's had up-and down ruling and referendums for years.

Just last week, a federal judge ruled same-sex marriages could resume in California this Wednesday. That came after the same judge, Vaughn Walker, concluded earlier this month in a 136-page opinion that the voter referendum that passed two years ago banning same-sex marriage violated federal civil rights laws. "Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples," Walker wrote.

Also tonight, imagine unplugging your laptop and Blackberry - everything and anything digital in your life - and going on a wilderness trip. That's what five neuroscientists did a couple months ago to study how technology changes the way we act and behave. Two of the scientists will join us to share what they discovered on the journey.

And for tonight's shot, don't miss some remarkable video of tennis star Roger Federer off the court.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Diane

    Please! Quit jerking homosexual couples around! They should be allowed to marry. Their odds of staying together are higher than for heterosexual couples. Love is love. They should be allowed every right that straight men and women have. Another example of propaganda being spread by narrow minded extremists.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  2. Tanya

    Sigh... I just don't get it! What is there to discuss?? Can't you all just let people love each other!!

    August 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  3. stella

    just let them get married already

    August 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Theresa

    I think the only way to remedy the (gay) marriage situation is to amend existing laws by redefining marriage. If there can be degrees of murder or assault, there can be degrees of marriage. (The comparison is not meant to be negative, I am merely trying to explain how the legal definition of marriage needs to be changed to include legal marriages between consenting persons who have reached the age of majority in the states in which they are getting married.) As for reasons why people get married, I don't think the reasons for wanting to marry are valid given that people marry not only for the sole purpose of procreation. They marry for love, ideally – most of the time.

    So, there can be a (civil) marriage (a) between a man and woman who have reached the ages of consent and are entering the union voluntarily while of sound minds and bodies OR marriage (b) between either a man and a man OR a woman and a woman, who have reached the ages of consent and are entering the union voluntarily while of sound minds and bodies

    August 16, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  5. Mike

    Good Glad to hear that Same-sex marriages have been blocked

    August 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  6. Tammy, Houma,LA

    It is a pity that love and justice for all don't trump bigotry and ignorance. Interracial unions were taboo once, too, until people realized it was wrong to judge others based on skin color. Maybe one day we'll get that denying equal rights to those who love another of the same gender is just as wrong.

    August 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
  7. Laura Tull

    I feel like this country is wasting so much time and resources on dictating morality that is a question for the church and personal decisions and God – not the law. Give people the right to openly care about each other legally and focus on spending resources on the young and on building a better tomorrow. I for one don't like that we live in a society now where we judge each other so harshly and where we label each other and subject each other to the same kind of hate that Hitler instilled on all of Europe.

    August 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm |
  8. Teriss

    This is getting to be a spectacle on how intolerant the US is on gays, speaks volumes. Canada instituted gay marriage three years ago and the sky didn't fall. There was no lightening or thunder and the world did not end. Give gay people a break as this is making a mockery of justice in America. Enough with the blockades – marriage is for everyone.

    August 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm |